Pink & Gold

It’s amazing what an airbrush tan will do for your mood and self-image (as shallow as that sounds). As a permanently ghost-like pale person, I’m constantly applying bronzer & blush to give myself a healthy dose of color. For our engagment shoot (which is today!) I went for a professional airbrush spray tan. Getting naked with a total stranger and having them meticulously spray your body within 12 inches from your body can be a little intimidating, to say the least! But afterwards the bronze glow is so, so, so rewarding and it makes me want to wear dresses every day (sans tights!).

It’s probably only appropriate that I post this pink + gold outfit today on the day of our engagement photo shoot–our wedding colors are pink + gold!* It’s a color combination that isn’t found very often in wedding palettes, I feel, but the moment I started planning (the day after we got engaged) I knew it was going to be our colors. It’s a challenge to do it and do it well (read: tastefully) but in the end it is going to be so worth it. Married peeps: what were YOUR colors?

* = different shade of pink than this dress, natch.

One last thing: this outfit (minus a few accessories) is actually really inexpensive. I think the belt was $4, the dress was $25, the shoes are now on sale…so if you like this look and are on a budget (like myself), hopefully this helps.

Okay, one last last thing: giveaway tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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  1. 01.30.2012 / 12:04 am

    Pink & Gold: It’s amazing what an airbrush tan will do for your mood and self-image (as shallow as that sounds)….

  2. 01.30.2012 / 12:40 am

    The pink color dress looking awesome. Appreciate you for this wonderful post.

  3. Cheralyn Mae
    01.30.2012 / 6:38 am

    Can’t wait to see pics of your engagement shoot, and more of the wedding colors!

  4. 01.30.2012 / 6:38 am

    ooooo that colour looks phenom on you! great styling, too. x

  5. 01.30.2012 / 6:43 am

    You look beautiful! I can’t wait to see your engagement pics (should you choose to share them with us, that is lol). πŸ™‚

  6. Audrey
    01.30.2012 / 6:54 am

    Where did you go for your spray tan? I have only ever done the machine automated spray tans and unfortunately I often come out orange!

    • 01.30.2012 / 9:50 pm

      I went to Satori Salon in the Heights – they do airbrush tanning there and I loved it! I also have done the machine spray tan and came out orange. With the airbrush I came out bronze and the tan never developed orange, only brown!

  7. 01.30.2012 / 6:55 am

    Aw, pink and gold for your wedding sounds lovely. πŸ™‚
    Anyways, speaking of lovely, you look great! Oh gosh I am dying for a tan. Here is Asia though, everyone wants to be fair (you rarely find tanning products here, it’s all “whitening” or “brightening” products) so when you get a tan, they kinda go, But why would you do that?! It’s really interesting how Western and Asian’s “views” on beauty are completely opposite!

    x Renee

  8. kimberlie
    01.30.2012 / 7:47 am

    Wow, you look great! May i ask what size that dress is? I was looking at it online but not sure of the sizing, as i’m in Australia.

    • 01.30.2012 / 9:24 pm

      It’s a size small! πŸ™‚

  9. 01.30.2012 / 7:58 am

    those shoes are so amazing!

  10. 01.30.2012 / 8:28 am

    Love this shade of pink, it fits you and almost every women perfectly, specially when you’re light-skinned; it makes your face, body and skin glow! =)

  11. 01.30.2012 / 8:38 am

    that dress screams perfection, wow love it! xo

  12. 01.30.2012 / 10:22 am

    that looks wonderful – i love this golden pink outfit! and I’m as pale (in a positive way, 300 years ago we would have been the desired beauties, always think of that!), but I really feel better with a little tan. I recently discovered an airbrush studio in munich (i think here it is not at all as popular as in the USA) and I’m going to try it soon, because i’m feeling like a ghost…xxx Anita

  13. 01.30.2012 / 10:39 am

    WOW – I love this look from head to toe…can’t believe these are all affordable pieces because they don’t appear cheap! Our wedding colors were deep red, white & metallic gold – sounds like it should have been a Christmas wedding, but it wasn’t! If I could go back & do it over again, I would totally pick different colors. πŸ™‚

    • 01.30.2012 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ your wedding colors sound lovely – what season was it?

      • 01.30.2012 / 9:29 pm

        It was the end of July…random, I know. For some reason, I really wanted those colors and looking back on it, I have no idea why. I blame it on my youth – I was only 21 at the time, so my taste in style was still developing! πŸ™‚

  14. 01.30.2012 / 10:54 am

    Great dress – looks great on you! And I think pink & gold are very original and awesome combination for your wedding!

    Passion for art and fashion

  15. 01.30.2012 / 10:55 am

    I love this dress! The hot pink color is fantastic, and it looks great on you! Love the matching lipstick too.I would love to see some of these engagement pictures if you decide to put some on your blog.

  16. 01.30.2012 / 11:42 am

    Ha, I was skeptical of getting an air brush spray tan before but the bronze glow is totally worth any moment of awkwardness. As another pale girlfriend, I can definitely relate ;)) Pink + Gold will be so gorgeous – can’t wait to see pics. πŸ˜‰

  17. 01.30.2012 / 2:27 pm

    what a beautiful outfit! I love the way the nude and gold accessories make the gorgeous color of the dress pop even more!

  18. 01.30.2012 / 3:10 pm

    Gorg wedding colors! Mine were red, cream, and gold/champagne. The ceremony was gold & cream and then I introduced the red at the reception. sigh.

    • 01.30.2012 / 9:51 pm

      That sounds amazing Alyssa!!

  19. 01.30.2012 / 3:17 pm

    Uh, I so need a tan! πŸ™‚ Adorable outfit on a budget!I love the idea of gold & pink, I’m sure you’ll pull it off perfectly. Our colors were sage green with white/silver – my goodness that was 8 years ago… where does the time go!

  20. 01.30.2012 / 3:29 pm

    Your dress is so pretty! I love gold accessories, and this necklace is amazing! Hope you have a good week.

  21. 01.30.2012 / 3:34 pm

    This colour really suits you, a welcome change from the boring less bright winter colours! Oh and congratulations to you both .

  22. 01.30.2012 / 3:44 pm

    I started planning my wedding the moment after I was engaged too! (In November) My colors are going to be taupe with pops of orange and purple. Not a color scheme a lot of people think of either, but I love the way that it is turning out. I am sure your wedding will be flawless!

  23. 01.30.2012 / 4:24 pm

    Those colors sounds wonderful for a wedding! Definitely not a common color combo πŸ™‚ My wedding colors were white, lavender & platinum. If you ever saw the movie “The Best Man” that wedding was my color inspiration πŸ™‚

  24. 01.30.2012 / 4:58 pm

    Shoes…Love. Very sophisticated outfit. Didn’t think I was going to like the spray tan on you..Do you have it in this picture? If you do, it looks very natural. My wedding colors Black, white and cream. The Chief Blonde!

  25. 01.30.2012 / 6:11 pm

    The outfit is so vibrant and fresh for spring. I’m totally diggin’ your shoes!

  26. 01.30.2012 / 6:19 pm

    The colors are so intense, I love it!My wedding colors were red and gold, classic Indian/Pakistani πŸ™‚

  27. 01.30.2012 / 6:37 pm

    The outfit is so beautiful! It actually looks really expensive!The shoes are so wonderful, great choice with the color. I love how cream shoes go well with almost anything and can make your legs look super long.

  28. 01.30.2012 / 9:18 pm

    Love the outfit.. It looks perfect on u…Pink and gold sounds really good..
    Our wedding colors were peacock colors.. Turqoise blue, green and gold..

  29. 01.30.2012 / 10:20 pm

    I LOVE the hot pink and GOLD. And you wear it well. My wedding color’s were white and cream….It was an outdoor wedding and against all the bright greenery and the white lights everywhere it was gorgeous. I wore cream! Not very traditional back in 1994 (WOW!!!! That was a long time ago huh!?) You will be such a beautiful bride. ENJOY!

  30. Kaitlin
    01.30.2012 / 10:20 pm

    My wedding colors were all different fall colors with lots of golds and bronzes mixed in. My bridesmaid dresses had copper sequins on them and they were amazing. Have you seen the Bill Levkoff dresses? Sound like something you might like!

  31. 01.30.2012 / 11:17 pm

    I LOVE that pink on you! It’s so vibrant and I’m glad you went with Pink & Gold for your engagement photo shoot – definitely not what you’ll find in most engagement photos. πŸ™‚

    • 01.30.2012 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you Norlin! This outfit is from a couple of days ago, actually — the engagement shoot was today, and our wedding colors are pink + gold! πŸ™‚

      • 01.30.2012 / 11:24 pm

        Wow! Wedding colours! That’s even more out-there! Can’t wait to see your photos. πŸ™‚

  32. 01.30.2012 / 11:30 pm

    LOVE this pink dress! I might just need to add this one to my closet! πŸ™‚

  33. 01.31.2012 / 12:40 am

    Your outfit is lovely! The color of the dress and the belt are stunning πŸ™‚

  34. 01.31.2012 / 12:55 am

    Um, hello gorgeous. Knockout color on you.I have recently become enamored with all things Spike The Punch. How do the shoes fit? My foot is narrow, those look a bit wide?
    Let me know. xo!

  35. 01.31.2012 / 1:15 am

    I love that pink on you! I think it is awesome that your wedding colors are pink (of course) and gold; unexpected but very pretty! I look forward to seeing pics from your engagement shoot. Oh..I love your hair; great color! πŸ™‚

  36. 01.31.2012 / 1:22 am

    Vibrant all around! You look beautiful

  37. 01.31.2012 / 4:14 am

    The color is beautiful on you, Kristina! Usually I don’t like when lipstick matches the outfit so perfectly but it doesn’t feel overdone in this! Very pretty! And I love that chain necklace you have on!!

  38. 01.31.2012 / 4:19 am

    Congrats! We’re getting married in April! Our colors are navy, yellow/gold and gray. I love how gold adds dimension. Engagement shoots are s much fun. They really give you an opportunity to show your style and personality. Can;t wait to see some pics!

  39. 01.31.2012 / 4:49 am

    Our sunglasses look fabulous on you! RT @prttyshnysprkly: Wearing @Forever21 @MichaelKors @GUESS on the blog today

  40. The wedding party wore navy, a color I’m still glad to have picked. : ) And the flowers were yellow roses, which I’m a bit indifferent about now.
    As for the awkwardness of the naked spray tan, have a baby and almost nothing is awkward again. All in due time, of course.

  41. 01.31.2012 / 6:21 am

    Love this dress and the color on you. I would have never guessed Forever 21! I am always on a budget as well so it’s great to see things like this! I’ve been following your blog for a while and absolutely love it – I love your style and your sense of humor!

  42. Amy
    01.31.2012 / 4:20 pm

    Just bought the necklace! I think it will be a really versatile piece for me πŸ™‚

  43. Chaz
    01.31.2012 / 6:37 pm

    I love this dress! I had no idea Forever 21 had such cute, wearable stuff. We just got one in our local mall and to look at it from the window dressing it looks SO young/short/tight. I am definitely going to give it a closer look.We had just one wedding color – hydrangea blue. Everything else just sort of stuck to that outdoorsy, natural color palette (June wedding). I’m originally from Eastern Kentucky, so we had an Appalachian theme – lots of tans and light greens were mixed in, and my dress was on the ivory side. My bouquet was hydrandeas and wildflowers from my mom’s garden, tied with a long piece of twine. Sigh. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  44. 01.31.2012 / 7:52 pm

    i loooove spray tans!!!

  45. 01.31.2012 / 9:45 pm

    I LOVE the colors!!!!!!! Great great look, and that dress is fab.

  46. 01.31.2012 / 9:50 pm

    Pink and gold is such a pretty color combination. It is in my “top 10” fav list, for sure.I’ve never tried spray tanning before. I’m not much of a tanner. I guess I have grown to accept my ghost like complexion.
    You look gorgeous, by the way.

  47. 02.03.2012 / 2:44 pm

    My wedding colors are pink (pale) and gold, too! It’s next May…I’m hoping for a vintage feel with romantic laces and other textures. Can’t wait to see your finished product!

  48. 02.07.2012 / 2:33 am

    pretty pretty pretty in pink <3 <3

  49. 03.29.2012 / 7:39 pm

    First of all, congratulations on your soon to be wedding! That is very exciting, and it sounds like you are having so fun planning it.Anyway, down to fashion. I really like your outfit in this post. That color pink I feel can be so flattering on so many skin types, but people are often wary of wearing such a bright and bold color. Not me though! And the cut of it looks so comfortable yet still flattering, especially the sleeve length. That necklace is a really nice pop of contrast for sure.
    Where did you get the dress? I’ve been looking for more basic pieces like that for Spring.

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